Freighter aircraft transactions (through 1 December 2017)

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is available to […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 6, 2017

Peak season air freight rates, how high will they go?

Air freight rates on major east-west routes fluctuate month-to-month, and for the year 2017 reached their highest levels yet in October. After a pronounced slide following the end of 2016’s peak, rates were relatively stable until September, when prices began picking up ahead of peak season. Although aggregate data is not yet available for November, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 6, 2017

Has the current traffic growth cycle peaked?

Last month we predicted that when worldwide data were available for October, we would see a year-over-year increase in air freight demand within mid-single digits. Both WorldACD and IATA have published their October analyses and, as you can see in the charts at right, demand growth was in line with our expectations, with IATA reporting […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 5, 2017

CAAC to regulate UAVs weighing over 25kgs

Civil aviation authorities around the globe are just starting to come to terms with how to regulate UAVs and drones. Most recently, the Civil Aviation Administration of China revealed that it would focus much of its attention on larger drones, weighing more than 25kgs. From a feasibility standpoint, UAV technologies will soon mature to a […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 4, 2017

DHL takes redelivery of first freighter-converted A330-300F

It has been a busy quarter for EFW, which today redelivered the first freighter-converted A330-300F (116, ex-Malaysia Airlines) to launch customer DHL.  Although EFW, the 55/45 joint venture of ST Aerospace and Airbus, originally announced the A330-300 conversion program in 2012, the program has progressed rapidly this quarter with major milestones such as the first […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 1, 2017

DHL GF the latest legacy forwarder to digitalize air freight bookings

The phone call that was once required for a shipper to book an airfreight shipment with a legacy forwarder may soon become unnecessary for general freight shipments. On 30 November, DHL Global Forwarding announced it was expanding the capabilities of its customer portal DHL Interactive Online Freight, with the introduction of an Online Freight Quotation […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 1, 2017

Leasing coming to military freighters

MADRID — The first commercial aircraft lease was inked in 1965. Today, around 40% of commercial aircraft are leased. Today, in addition and finally, the military sector is starting to discover leasing. At SMi Group’s Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refueling Conference here last Tuesday, both Boeing and TLD Group, a provider of cargo handling equipment, […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • November 30, 2017

A400M orders hit 174

MADRID — Acquisitions of Airbus’s A400M military transport are continuing apace, the company reports. Airbus now has 174 orders for the A400m, according to a company presentation last Tuesday at SMi Group’s Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refueling Conference here. Airbus says 53 A400Ms have been delivered, with the most recent coming to the French Air […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • November 30, 2017
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